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Transfer Credit Policies

Incoming graduate students may transfer credits from:

  • Other accredited colleges or universities -  a maximum of 9 semester credits of graduate work (excluding research and thesis credits)
  • MSU Lifelong Education Program – a maximum of 9 semester credits of graduate work
  • Graduate Certificate Level – a maximum of 12 semester credits from the graduate certificate programs such as the MSU Online Coaching Certification Program to a Master’s degree program
  • MSU Post-BA Teacher Certification Program – the 6 credits earned in TE 802 and TE 804
  • General limitations on transfer credits – a combined maximum of 12 semester credits may be applied to a Master’s degree program for transfer courses, Lifelong Education enrollment status, and the Graduate Certificate enrollment status, with no more than 9 credits from each category.

Credits will be transferred only if: (a) the course is appropriate to the student’s academic program; (b) the course was completed within the time limits for earning of the degree desired at MSU; and (c) the student earned a grade of at least 3.0 in the course. Check the current MSU Academic Programs catalog for the most comprehensive and current information. (Click here for Academic Program)

Decisions about transfer credits rest with the student's MSU guidance committee; therefore, a decision about transfer credits is not made until the student has been admitted to the graduate program and has formed and met with the guidance committee. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to consult with their likely mentors in the Department of Kinesiology regarding course selection whenever possible.

The Lifelong Education program provides prospective students with an opportunity to enroll in MSU courses before entry into a KIN graduate program. Some prospective students enroll in courses with lifelong education status so that they can: (a) begin to take credits before formal admission to the program or (b) prove that they are prepared for graduate study.

For more information, consult the Doctoral Programs and Master's Programs information from MSU Academic Programs Catalog and the MSU Lifelong Education Program information posted on the Office of the Registrar web site.